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Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.
Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door
To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.
Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events?
He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread; they may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Self-command is the main discipline.
All diseases run into one. Old age.
We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son.
Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then takes a young heart heating under fourscore winters.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Hope is a waking dream.
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener.
Habit is stronger than reason.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:Out of a misty dreamOur path emerges for a while, then closesWithin a dream.
Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese
Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.
You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.
The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.
I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
I base my calculations on the expectation that luck will be against me
A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.
The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
In the early days of the Indian Territory, there were no such things as birth certificates. You being there was certificate enough.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
I never met a man I didn't like.
Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.
An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else s.
There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get him off the thing he was educated in.
Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet.
My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.
There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God he is a disappointing God.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, --something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.
Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
The person who is master of their passions is reason's slave.
In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly.
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief. while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
Zeal is like fire: it needs both feeding and watching.
Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
In making our decisions, we must use the brains that God has given us. But we must also use our hearts which He also gave us. A man who has not learned to say, No --who is not resolved that he will take God's way, in spite of every dog that can bay or bark at him, in spite of every silvery choice that woos him aside--will be a weak and a wretched man till he dies.
In heaven after ages of ages of growing glory, we shall have to say, as each new wave of the shoreless, sunlit sea bears us onward, It doth not yet appear what we shall be.
Man's course begins in a garden, but it ends in a city.
Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.
The simple lack of her is more to me than others presence.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
The funniest line in English is Get it? When you say that, everyone chortles.
One day Donald Trump will discover that he is owned by Lutheran Brotherhood and must re negotiate his debt load with a committee of silent Norwegians who don't understand why anyone would pay more than $120.00 for a suit.
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
There is something to that old saying that hate injures the hater, not the hated.
To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life -- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.

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